ESV - 2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.
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In Hosea 1:2 we read, "The LORD said to Hosea, 'Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom.'" Hosea obeyed, marrying a woman named Gomer, who was unfaithful to him. Why d...
While it is true that God's commanding Hosea to marry a prostitute was designed to help restore his wife, Israel (Jer. 3:), to him, it likely was also intended to be a lesson in grace--not only God's grace but also how every Christian aught to extend grace to the fallen. This would include the way a spouse is to be treated when he/she turns away, and especially how they should be treated when they seek to return. More than that, the lesson is one of love--showing how one should seek to bring back one who has turned away--even having committed adultery.
The story shows us that love, faith and hope in God's power can redeem any relationship, but surrender of both parties to God's will must be achieved and become an absolute lifestyle for both. Both surrender of self will and obedience to God's will, and it's a demonstration of God's will to forgive and his willingness to answer a call for and a demonstration of mercy in your own life for others. The story is a demonstration of how his covenants with his people are an everlasting covenant and that he desires his people to honor their marriage covenant with the same zealousness as his love for us, which is demonstrated to us most of all by the witness of Jesus Christ in scripture. Mercy, love and hope are always God's first response, but his judgments must also be fulfilled, so we all must be judged. But God's grace trumps his judgment if his grace has been applied by the person being judged; then mercy reigns supreme over judgment.
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